Roundup: Christian McCaffrey does it all, Stanford smells roses again
What a Saturday night for Stanford and Christian McCaffrey. The Cardinal ran away from USC 41-22 to claim its third Pac-12 title in four years in large thanks to 461 all-purpose yards from the Heisman Trophy candidate. Ted Miller writes that McCaffrey did everything for the Cardinal against USC, including throwing a touchdown pass and breaking Barry Sanders’ NCAA record for single-season all-purpose yards. Stanford is off to the Rose Bowl to take on Iowa.
Steve Sarkisian filed a lawsuit against USC for wrongful termination, according to TMZ and other media reports. TMZ reports that Sark wants more than $30 million from the school. In other news, USC is not retaining defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and three other assistants.
Rich Rodriguez decided to stay at Arizona over the weekend, spurning an offer to become South Carolina’s head football coach. RichRod is 32-17 in four years at Arizona and has led the Wildcats to four bowl games.
AD Mike Williams said Cal is still negotiating a deal with football coach Sonny Dykes during a press teleconference organized by the Armed Forces Bowl, which is pitting the Golden Bears against Air Force.
Matthew Piper whips up this story on Utah and BYU continuing its rivalry in the Las Vegas Bowl. It’s the first time these teams have played in a bowl game.
Meanwhile, 8-4 Washington State will face Miami in the Sun Bowl the day after Christmas.
Kyle Bonagura dives into the numbers new Memphis coach Mike Norvell put up as Arizona State’s offensive coordinator the last four years. Pretty impressive stuff.
UCLA men’s water polo won the national title by defeating USC 10-7 Sunday night in SoCal. It is the team’s 10th national title and the school’s 113th team national championship. The Bruins were a perfect 30-0 in 2015 and have a 33-game win streak going dating back to 2014 (the all-time record is 50).
Colorado men’s basketball has won seven in a row after rallying to defeat non-conference rival Colorado State. The Buffs trailed by 13 at the half before coming back to win 88-77.
You like stats? Maybe this link is for you – Oregon State women’s basketball leads the nation in rebounding margin, notes Gina Mizell. Other stat rankings are included inside.
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times devotes this article to Washington basketball center Sam Timmins, a New Zealander who will enroll at UW in January and practice with the team. He will not play until next season.